Track & Field

JTG’s Cathal Dennehy wins Irish Beer Mile

Kevin English and Cathal Dennehy battle it out

Kevin English and Cathal Dennehy battle it out, Image: Murph_D,

JTG’s very own Cathal Dennehy had a storming finish in this year’s Irish Beer Mile Championships, winning in a new Irish Record. Cathal battled with Kevin English down the home straight after Englis had set an incredible early pace.

The venue was Kilbogget Park on Dublin’s southside and the Dublin mountains provided the backdrop for one the great nights in Irish athletic history as a sizeable crowd of beer-guzzling runners rocked up to put on a show of running, drinking and puking that would live long in the memory.

In 1958, Santry was the venue when Herb Elliott smashed the mile world record and 5 men followed him under the four-minute barrier, but this event was a close second in the annals of Irish athletics, with two men going well under the old Irish record of 6:02. Dennehy’s winning time, yet to be confirmed, was 5:50, with Kevin English just a second behind.

The Beer Mile, one of the great events of athletics has the following rules:

Run 4 laps.

Drink 1 12 oz beer before each lap..

Must be at least 5 % ABV.
Puking means a penalty lap.
You must be over 18.
You must acknowledge that drinking 4 beers and running a mile is an irresponsible thing to do, but it’s just a bit of juvenile fun.

For more information on beer mile rules and information in general see

Top 3 on the Night

Top 3 on the Night. Image: Murph_D,

Watch the race video and relatively epic finish below, and scroll further down for post-race interviews with pukers and prima donnas. Check the site for Cathal lording his new-found status in the coming days.

Cathal Dennehy’s post-race interview

Kevin English’s post-race pukerview

James Sullivan’s well-crafted analysis of the Beer Mile

Image courtesy of PhotoRun
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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

1 Comment

  1. Dom
    June 14, 2015 at 4:22 pm — Reply

    Class lads – well done

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